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Efficient Examples
Compiled by fredthebear
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NID Three Knights (E21) 0-1Nice game, no fireworks, efficient
H K Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929  
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 23 moves, 0-1

The anatomy of the rooks and the lone open file
Spielmann vs Duras, 1907 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 1-0

Pawn roller! An army of black ants.
Albin vs Winawer, 1896 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Spanish Cordel Gambit (C64) 1-0 Robbing the pin smothers the Q
Vasiukov vs S Giterman, 1960 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 8 moves, 1-0

A Black Evan's Gambit; Q sac, double check
J Schulten vs Horwitz, 1846 
(C26) Vienna, 17 moves, 0-1

Bishops supporting back rank penetration are deadly
K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 28 moves, 0-1

Black retains all 8 pawns; support rook penetration w/a pawn
J Diez del Corral vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 32 moves, 0-1

a pawn avalanche is hard to stop
E Formanek vs A Lein, 1977 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 51 moves, 0-1

The open a- file is faster than a pawn lever
Kavalek vs Suttles, 1974 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 42 moves, 0-1

Control the file next to the passer; pin to the promote square
J Schroer vs E Torre, 1985 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

The Golden Treasury of Chess says it all!
F A Hoffmann vs A Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Allowing a Qh3 will do thy king in
Meitner vs Schlechter, 1895 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 16 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12) 0-1 One Busy Queen!
Schlechter vs Tartakower, 1913
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 54 moves, 0-1

Here, have a pawn...now ur forked by a pawn!
Schlechter vs Rubinstein, 1918 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1-0

Schlecter played visciously! Knights thump the bishop pair
Schlechter vs Steinitz, 1898 
(C28) Vienna Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Masterful Rook Use: Penetrate, Capture, Cut-off, Support
Schlechter vs J Mason, 1903 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

Both queens pins rooks to cornered kings
Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1903 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lasting en prise bishop, kNight robbing the pin
Schlechter vs Teichmann, 1904 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

EG: Heavy pieces in action w/pawn pushes
Reti vs Lasker, 1923 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 43 moves, 0-1

Connected passers in the center
Schlechter vs H Suechting, 1905 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Excellent use of space, batteries, pins, and double check
L Forgacs vs Tartakower, 1909 
(C13) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Dual king hunt manuevering w/the major pieces
F G Jacob vs Tartakower, 1910 
(A84) Dutch, 41 moves, 0-1

Black penetrates and exchanges; White's space advantage tells
Spielmann vs Tartakower, 1913 
(A53) Old Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

KGD Philidor's Defense; A Knight on the 6th
Jong vs Jacobson, 1918
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

Kan Wing Attack (B43) Black's pinned pawns are riddled
Igor Ivanov vs Karpov, 1979 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 42 moves, 1-0

Romantic classic; smoking bishops, blistering finish
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

A knight on the 6th aids/harrasses heavy pieces, wins the EG
Anderssen vs Paulsen, 1873 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 54 moves, 1-0

King's Indian - One of several from 1879 in Leipzig; R vs N EG
A Schwarz vs Paulsen, 1879 
(A16) English, 78 moves, 0-1

Lasker makes an endgame of it
Schiffers vs Lasker, 1895 
(C46) Three Knights, 45 moves, 0-1

Marshall called "La cerise sur le gateau de toutes parties mode
Janowski vs Lasker, 1904 
(C48) Four Knights, 35 moves, 0-1

David downs Goliath in a model Benoni
J Penrose vs Tal, 1960 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 39 moves, 1-0

"No Trouble at Tal"
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

The back rank bishop clears the file and obstructs the coverage
Miles vs Popovych, 1982 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Slav w/QXQ. Pawn reminders. Tied to the promotion square.
E Schiller vs M Erdogdu, 2003
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1-0

French Exchange Var (C01) 0-1 Terrific rook play by Black
F Ynojosa Aponte vs N Pert, 2008 
(C01) French, Exchange, 66 moves, 0-1

3..Qd8-Ilundain Variation. Capa's unpin opening trap in action
A Raetsky vs Wolfgang Schmid, 2012 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

Very efficient model game!
Plachetka vs L Zinn, 1974 
(A04) Reti Opening, 13 moves, 1-0

Russian Game: Modern Attack (C43) 1-0 Bf6 block is coffin nails
Fischer vs E German, 1962 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

FR, Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13) 1-0 Efficient, beautiful attack
Tartakower vs Lasker, 1924 
(C13) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Benoni Defense: Four Pawns Attack (A68) 0-1 Black marches in
O Moiseev vs Tolush, 1952 
(A68) Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Barry Attack (D00)Instructive EG; R interpose to protect passer
Jobava vs O Korneev, 2014 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 1-0

Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Def (A46) 1-0 N dance ends 0-0-0!
Marshall vs Burn, 1907 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Evans Gambit. Morphy Attack (C51) 1-0 So Beautiful
Prince Dadian vs Boulitchoff, 1882 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B14) 1-0 Very efficient
L Owen vs R L Mapes, 1984 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

Dutch Defense (A85) 0-1 White knight can't take either one!
V Litvinov vs Veresov, 1958 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 13 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch Def: Kennedy Main Line (B00) 1-0 Smooth play by W
Suttles vs H Avram, 1963 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

Dutch Defense d6 vs Colle (A80) 0-1 BLOCKADE; notes by A.N.
H Hage vs Nimzowitsch, 1926  
(A80) Dutch, 42 moves, 0-1

Modern Defense: Standard Line (B06) 1-0 Lawn Mower # in 1
M Delgado Crespo vs Z Frometa, 2001
(B06) Robatsch, 33 moves, 1-0

"Kasparov's Immortal"; terrific rook play
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

Extreme Efficiency, A Beautiful Combination
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Delete this.
M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Delete this.
Schlechter vs G Marco, 1904 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Delete this.
Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

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Kamsky vs S Erenburg, 2014 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

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